The UK and EU have yet to finalise the agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU. Through our involvement and strong relationships with flag administrations we are able to stay closely involved with developments.
In the marine sector, we are a EU Recognised Organisation (RO) and are currently required to be sponsored by a EU member State (for the purposes of ensuring compliance with Regulation (EC) No 391/2009, Article 8, paragraph 1, dealing with continued proficiency to act as an RO). We previously gained this sponsorship through the United Kingdom.
Over the past couple of months the European Commission has been working on the amendments to the Regulation and Directive to simplify the approach by removing the need for a "sponsoring StateW. The Commission's proposals are currently undergoing consultation with the legislative bodies of the EU and these should be adopted in time for the UK’s departure from the EU. With this amendment LR will automatically continue to enjoy its recognition post-Brexit.
However, in order to give us additional assurance and in case the above amendment process does not deliver as intended, in May 2017 we agreed with the Danish Maritime Authority to have its sponsorship moved from the UK to Denmark, thereby assuring our ability to continue to act as an EU RO post-Brexit.
Frequently asked questions:
Will Lloyd's Register continue to provide Recognised Organisation (RO) services for EU Flagged ships after Brexit?
Yes, with the amendment simplifying the process and Danish Maritime Authority’s readiness to take on the sponsorship we will remain an EU RO after Brexit.
Will Brexit affect surveys and certification of my ships?
No, surveys and certificates for EU27 member States flagged ships, conducted and issued by us on behalf of the flag, will remain wholly unaffected. Additional surveys will not be necessary, nor will there be a need to reissue of any statutory Certificate.
Similarly, our authorisation as a UK RO will be unaffected.